Arranging a Funeral

Information on how to begin arranging a funeral for your loved one

Last updated: 16 March 2017

Choosing an experienced and skilled funeral director can help unburden you from the stress of arranging a funeral. Anyone can arrange a funeral with the funeral director, regardless if they’re a family member or not. In most cases, this responsibility is often taken by the spouse or a close family member.

Before funeral arrangements can start, your funeral director will require the following information about your loved one:

  • Their full name
  • Their date and place of birth
  • The full address of their last residence
  • Details of their place of death
  • Whether they had a pacemaker

Contrary to what most people believe, there is no legal obligation for you to follow the funeral instructions left by your loved one. However, most try to accommodate these wishes as best they can.

Although a funeral can take place at any time, they often occur a week or more after the passing of your loved one to accommodate the process of arranging the funeral. Location, transport options, funeral hymns, poems, flowers, planning the memorial, and other details all need to be considered. All of your options can be discussed and arranged by your funeral director.

The majority of funeral directors in the UK have experience arranging a wide variety of funerals, including those of the major religions and belief systems. There are also many varieties of non-religious funerals.

If you wish to repatriate your loved one to another country, a specialised funeral director should be contacted. They will be able to assist you in the same way as any other funeral director, but also help guide you through the legal process of repatriation.

Compare funeral directors now to begin making funeral arrangements for your loved one.